Looking Glass Creamery is must stop on the WNC (Western North Carolina) Cheese Trail. It is an easy 12-mile drive from downtown Asheville (on the way to Chimney Rock) and one of the few mountain cheese farms that is open regular weekly hours.
Sample their cheese and caramel in the Cheese Shop, open on Thursday through Sunday. Also find local goods from nearby farms and food producers (including Hickory Nut Gap Farm), along with cheese boards, cheesemaking kits, aprons and more. New for 2018 are cheese classes in their new loft above the shop.
Get a bottle or glass of wine and one of their cheese plates to enjoy outdoors in their garden by the goats. The Tess plate has three flagship cheeses and the Vivian has five LGC cheeses with preserves, salami, and mustard.
Jennifer and Andy Perkins opened the creamery in early 2009. Since then, they have won many awards and continue to expand their small farm. They handcraft a spectrum of cheeses, from fresh chevre to soft-ripened pasteurized varieties to hard, aged raw milk cheeses. For the past four years, Williams-Sonoma selected their cheeses to be the NC Collection in their catalog. In 2018, they will open their dairy farm to visitors, complete with a bigger cheesemaking facility with underground aging caves.
Their cremery cheeses are made from fresh cow milk. Chocolate Lab is their original washed-rind cheese rubbed with cacao nibs. Ridgeline is a buttery cheese with a subtle, nutty flavor. Also try their Bear Wallow Alpine Style raw milk cheese and their Drovers Road cheddar.
In addition to great cheese, they also make Carmelita, a dangerously delicious treat made from reducing goat's milk and sugar in a copper pot for many hours until it yields a rich caramel sauce that is great on toast, over ice cream, in your coffee or just on a spoon. YUM!
Visit: Open on Thursday through Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. Address: 57 Noble Rd., Faiview, web site or 828-458-0088. The production area is not open for tours since it's a small operation.
Just a few miles away is Hickory Nut Gap Farm.